Microsoft’s Windows Insiders Program is a global community of over 7 million people using technology to make a lasting impact on the world through meaningful relationships with people around the world. As part of Windows Insiders, we launched the #Insiders4Good Fellowship in Nigeria, which seeks to find leaders in local communities who are actively and creatively solving problems. We are very excited to expand the #Insiders4Good Fellowship to East Africa and are seeking East African entrepreneurs with projects in the early stage to apply to become part of our second cohort of #Insiders4Good Fellows.
To participate in the #Insiders4Good East Africa Fellowship, applicants must be:
- Registered members of the Windows Insider Program (sign up at: insider.windows.com);
- Legal residents of Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania or Uganda, aged 18 and over;
- Have an idea, or a business, for a product or service in the early stage that will improve the lives of East African people;
- The product or service cannot have been selected as a winner in any contest or sweepstakes.
Twenty-five entrepreneurs will be selected and will receive:
- A premier suite of Windows hardware and software, and
- A 6-month mentorship program that will be kicked off by a special one-week learning event for Fellows and mentors. The 6-month mentorship will include tailored technical and strategic mentorship from local and international leaders to help raise the Fellows’ unique idea to the next level.
Application Deadline is March 31st.
To learn more and apply for this exciting opportunity, please check here.
Post and photo credits: Microsoft Winsiders Website
The Stanford Institute for Innovation in Developing Economies (Seed) seeks innovative and growth-oriented leaders of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) based in East Africa.
Seed’s highly interactive Transformation Program challenges SME leaders to assess their vision, redefine their strategies, and make ambitious changes toward exponential growth.
The program is designed to expose SME leaders to:
- Core business skills such as accounting, finance, marketing, operations, corporate governance, organizational design, strategy, and more
- Applied skills such as negotiation, teamwork, leadership, and pitching
- Approaches to product design and prototyping
- Prominent executives and corporate, venture, and angel investors who participate as guest speakers, expert panelists, and business mentors
Participants attend four intensive sessions over a six month period.
Additional program benefits include:
- Local and regional peer networks—designed to enrich the educational experience and build relationships across borders and industries
- Eligibility to apply for a Stanford Seed coach upon completion of the program
Applicants must demonstrate commitment and potential to grow and scale their companies, thereby creating jobs, products, or services that benefit those living in poverty.
- Applicants must be founders/senior leaders of for-profit companies.
- Applicants must lead organizations with an annual revenue range between$150,000 USD and $15 million USD.
- Applicant’s company must be headquartered, legally registered, and currently operating within East Africa.
- Applicant must have English language proficiency.
- Previously, SME leaders working in the following sectors have participated agriculture/food processing, construction, civil engineering, real estate, education, energy, financial services, healthcare, information and communications technologies (ICT), retail/product manufacturing, transportation/logistics, and water and sanitation. Other sectors can qualify for admittance.
The Program fee for the May 2016 cohort is $1,500 USD.
The application deadline is January 15, 2016, midnight East Africa Time (EAT). Please review all details carefully before applying.
For additional information on the Transformation Program, please visit Seed East Africa site.
Questions? Please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
This year five Ampion Venture Buses will cross 14 African countries. Each tour is a 7-day full-immersion program for developing entrepreneurial skills and creating new ventures in a team-based competition set on a bus. Venture Buses run in East, West, North and Southern Africa. The Ampion Venture Bus will come to Morocco for the first time. Each Venture Bus tour culminates at a Grand Final, incorporated within the continent’s most renowned tech conferences such as DEMO Africa (Nigeria), AfricaCom (South Africa) and the Transform Africa Summit (Rwanda). Along the road, the Venture Bus and its participants visit all major tech- and startup-communities within each region to hold local events, getting in touch with thousands of Africa’s most promising IT talents. „We believe, home-grown entrepreneurship and startups tackling social needs are the best way to sustainable growth on the continent“, says Ampion CEO Fabian Guhl.
Visiting Africa’s tech markets to build new companies
In the frame of five major final events all across Africa, startups are pitched to leading companies, investors as well as the hosting countries’ ministers such as Rwandan Minister of Youth and ICT Jean Philbert Nsengimana. In the first two years of the Ampion Venture Bus program, over 30 African tech startups emerged, providing ICT solutions to issues in healthcare, education, fin-tech, public transport, citizen engagement, tourism, water sanitation and much more. 40 new companies are expected to come out of the Venture Buses 2015. Last year Ampion received applications from more than 2000 applicants from 43 countries. In 2015, in its third year, the organization is expecting yet another boost of applications.
Innovations in modern banking, e-health and more – still open for partners
This year Ampion is partnering up with corporate and public partners to set a focus on selected topics on each Venture Bus. Experts will advise the entrepreneurs along the way and potentially facilitate investment by their company into the developed startups. The focus in the regions will be:
Tunisia: female empowerment – ‘females only’ Venture Bus
East Africa: e-health, fin-tech and governance
West Africa: e-health, fin-tech and governance
Southern Africa: hardware & agriculture
While these Venture Buses will have one or more topical focus each, the development of startups in other sectors is still possible on every Venture Bus.
Halt Ebola and sterio.me – finding innovative solutions to local challenges
One of the winners of the Venture Bus programs 2014 is Halt Ebola – an app enabling rural population to receive and exchange vital healthcare information through voice messages and robo-calls in their tribal language. Another startup already active since 2013 is sterio.me. The service enables teachers to transmit and learners to receive homework and learning material via free sms, making education more easily accessible in rural areas.
Business developers, coders or designers can now apply for the Ampion Venture Buses 2015, running from September to December. Highly skilled experts in specific topics (like healthcare, education, banking, public transport and more) may also apply should they be interested in launching a startup in their field of work.
Selected senior mentors and investors are also welcome to join the bus, please contact email@example.com to find out more.
AMPION is the leading pan-African entrepreneurship initiative to enable young Africans to start ICT companies, creating considerable social and economic impact. AMPION organizes 7-day Venture Bus programs accompanied by international mentors and followed by an extensive incubation program. Ampion is winner of the “Global Innovation Ecosystem Award 2015” as well as the “Pan African Awards for Entrepreneurship in Education 2014”. Corporate supporters of the Ampion programs are and have been, among others, Microsoft, SAP, MTN and Merck.
About the Venture Bus
The Venture Bus journeys connect entrepreneurial talent with international investors. The program brought some of Africa’s most innovative companies to life, over 30 tech-centered startups emerged from the Ampion Venture Buses thus far – among them companies such as sterio.me, MobiDawa and Halt!Ebola. The Venture Bus follows a refined program, implementing design thinking methods to support the startup development process with HPI & Stanford trained facilitators.
IEEE and the Institute of Physics (IOP) are jointly organising the 2014 workshop “Entrepreneurship for Scientists and Engineers in East Africa ” to be held at the Kenya School of Monetary Studies from 3-7 December.
VENUE AND DATE
Kenya School of Monetary Studies, Kenya, 3–7 December 2014
This one-week intensive workshop is designed for scientists and engineers from different parts of East Africa who are interested in learning entrepreneurial skills to commercialise their scientific inventions. Participants will benefit from the international perspective and profitable insights of leading experts and fellow delegates from the East Africa region and the rest of the world.
PURPOSES AND NATURE
The purpose of this workshop is to introduce scientists and engineers in the region to the process of innovation, generation and protection of intellectual property, technology transfer and commercialisation of inventions. The workshop will consist of lectures by invited speakers, case studies, group discussions and role-playing sessions related to the commercialisation of products.
Scientists and Engineers as Entrepreneurs; Opportunity and Value Assessment; Intellectual Property (IP); Basics of Patenting; IP Management and Global IP Protection; Business Plan Fundamentals, Technology Readiness Levels, Invention to Product: Timelines and Processes; Case Studies and Group Projects.
Scientists and students throughout the East African region are welcome to attend the workshop. All sessions and talks will be conducted in English, so participants should have a good working knowledge of the language. Although the main purpose of the workshop is to help young scientists and engineers, aspiring students and other innovators are also welcome to apply.
Participants will be expected to cover their costs of transportation to the venue.
A registration fee of $250 will be charged to defray the cost of accommodation.
HOW TO GET INVOLVED
To participate at the event, complete the application form here.
The application deadline is October 31, 2014.
Applications have been invited for the Innovation Challenge to be held at this year’s AITEC East Africa ICT Summit at Oshwal Centre over 20 – 21 November. AITEC has partnered with @iLabAfrica to host the Challenge at the Summit to provide a platform for innovators to showcase their products and compete for awards.
Developers and start-ups are invited to submit applications to make innovation presentations in the following sectors:
- Financial Services
- Government/Public Service
- Transport and Logistics
The top three innovations in each category, as judged by an independent panel of judges drawn from industry leaders, will be awarded a four-month incubation period at @iBizAfrica, the business incubation Centre at @iLabAfrica. Up to three team members for each winning innovation will be included in the project.
Dr Joseph Sevilla, the Director of @iLabAfrica, welcomed the opportunity to identify and develop new talent and product ideas, “We are delighted to be partnering with AITEC for the Innovation Challenge. There is a huge amount of talent with innovative ideas across East Africa and we want to first of all identify the most promising and then help them develop their ideas to a level where they can take them to market on a sound technological and business basis.”
Innovators wanting to enter the Challenge should submit their application at http://bit.ly/16PwBzs
The deadline for submission is 1st November 2013.